The Wizards look awful in a lethargic, lazy, uninspiring beat down by the Brooklyn Nets 102-80. Jarrett Jack and Brooke Lopez led the Nets in scoring with 26 a piece. Lopez scored his 26 off the bench in just 23 minutes of play might I add.
This was your typical trap game with the Wizards coming off huge back to back wins and it showed right from the start. The Nets hit their first four shots and took an early 9-4 lead just minutes into the first quarter. Jarrett Jack was a tough guard for the Wizards all night. The Maryland native went 12-18 from the field and was very effective coming off pick and rolls. Even with the lazy play from the Wizards and some fairly decent effort from Brooklyn, the Wizards still led 24-18 after the first.
Otto Porter got some early minutes due to foul trouble from Bradley Beal and picked up where he left off when was in the rotation. He had some nice cuts through the lane and was active on both the offensive and defensive glass. I still think he should be getting minutes over Martell Webster but that’s a story for a different day.
The Wizards only scored 16 points in the second quarter and found themselves down 3 at halftime. It was stated from sideline reporter Chris Miller that Coach Wittman yelled at the team during halftime to try to get them refocused. It didn’t work. Bradley Beal picked up his third foul just 13 seconds into the quarter. Gortat picked up his third shortly thereafter.
The Wizards were able to make a run and took the lead by 2 on a John Wall three. That was short lived. The third quarter was Brook Lopez’s where he scored 11 of his points. Both Nene and Gortat had trouble guarding him. Also, this was one of those nights where desperation shots with the shot clock running out were falling. Lopez had two of those.
With the Wizards down 20 and Bojan Bogdanovic going up for a wide open layup, Paul Pierce shoved him in the back resulting in a flagrant 1. It was a dirty and unnecessary play. Randy Wittman emptied the bench as the Nets wrapped this one up 102-80; holding the Wizards to their lowest scoring total of the season.
Maybe this will get the team’s attention as they play the same Brooklyn team tomorrow night.